Los Angeles Lakers v Indiana Pacers

Evan Turner (strep throat) expected to be back for Pacers in Game 2


Why would the Pacers mess with an offense that worked better in Game 1 than it has in month?

You can be sure Miami will come out with a much more energetic, focused defense in Game 2. How will Indiana counter?

Maybe with Evan Turner?

The struggling swingman missed Game 1 with a case of strep throat, the team said. Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel said after the game Turner could be back for Game 2.

“I do expect him to be back,” Vogel said in his postgame press conference, broadcast on NBA TV. “I mean, it’s strep throat. Hopefully he’s back by Tuesday.”

Don’t expect to see a lot of Turner. As Ben Golliver noted at SI’s the Point Forward, the Pacers are 3-0 these playoffs when Turner has gotten a DNP (there were two against the Hawks) and 7-1 this postseason when he has taken two shots of fewer.

Pacers president Larry Bird made the move to trade Danny Granger for Evan Turner at the deadline. Granger was popular in the locker room but coming off a knee surgery wasn’t contributing much. Turner, told to fire away on a weak Sixers team, had put up numbers, but asked to play within the Pacers’ system he has struggled.

If Vogel is giving big minutes to Turner it will be a bad sign.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.